Sussex Community gift kindness this festive period
21 December 2018

Sussex Community gift kindness this festive period

‘Christmas can be a difficult time of year for anyone, but for people living in poverty, this time of year can present its own difficulties.’ – The Trussell Trust

Here at Sussex Community, we’re a community that cares and for the second year running, our colleagues across the Trust have been backing a national campaign called Reverse Advent Calendar to support our local communities.

The campaign focuses on making donations, as opposed to receiving gifts, during the advent calendar period. Donations of food, toiletries and other items have been collected at Brighton, Crawley, Horsham and Zachary Merton (Rustington) hospital sites. 

A boot full of items were donated to Littlehampton & District Foodbank from our teams at Zachary Merton on 8 December. Plus, teams at Brighton General made a donation to Brighton Foodbank on 21 December.

Denise Harris, our Organisational Development Business Partner, said “For me it reflects the values of compassion and working together.”


Right to left; Lucy Scragg (Sussex Community) and Mike (Brighton Food Bank)

Donations from Zachary Merton

In light of festive giving, during the last four years, the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) and Admin Brighton & Hove team have made a lovely donation to CHOMP, a charity based at One Church, Brighton, which provides a free healthy lunch and fun activities to children and their families who struggle to eat well during the school holidays.

Sarah Agnew, SALT Admin, said “Every year the collection has become bigger and better. It’s a really heart-warming exercise. Our teams work together and are really supportive – it’s great to be a part of that.”

Photo of donations to CHOMP 

Last December, our Quality Governance, Safeguarding, Speech and Language Therapy and Time to Talk teams based at Lilac Wing, Horsham Hospital, donated to Horsham Matters.

Janet Parfitt, our Quality Effectiveness Lead, said “We chose to do it because we wanted to give something back.”

The teams received a thank you email from the charity and were notified that their donation helped provide around 138 meals to local people in need. Horsham Matters said “We could not do what we do without people like yourselves giving so generously.”